Friday, July 21, 2017

Ir-elephant Without You


Hi crafty friends!

Today is my sister's birthday ... as she love elephants I normally make her an elephant themed card to give her. Earlier on in the year Art Impressions came out with their PopCard stamp/die sets one of which was an elephant, of course I knew immediately what I would be using for her card. I have had the set sitting on my desk for a number of months and can finally get to use it.


This one was a lot easier to put together than the first PopCard I made earlier in the year when I used the Panda PopCard set. Since then there have been a couple of videos which I was able to watch to learn the easiest way to create one of these. 

I used the Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up Add-On to create the grassy area with flowers. 

Here is a quick video to show my card in action.



Here is a side view of the inside of the card so you can see the layers used to create the elephant.


I kept the front of my card fairly simple seeing the focus is on the inside of the card. However I had to play with my new Go Press & Foil Machine and hot foil stamps and foil. All the birthday hot foil stamps I ordered are still on backorder so I had to make  do with this Celebrate sentiment. Love how shiny this is in real life as you will see if you watch the video above.

Stamps:  Elephant PopCard - Art Impressions; Fairy Wishes - Practical Publishing
Paper: White; Pink; Hello Happiness 6 x 6 Paper Pack - Taylored Expressions
Dies: Elephant PopCard; PopCard Template - Art Impressions; Flower Hillside Pop-Up Add-On - Lawn Fawn; Stitched Ovals; Dotted Scallop Ovals; ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banners  - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Go Press & Foil; Blue-Green Foil (Iridescent Finish) - Couture Creations; Foam Tape; Copics



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Have a Blast!


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Maryann Einam our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Apparently another day on the Days of the Year Calendar is Moon and Space Exploration Day, so for our challenge this week Maryann has asked us to use this theme to inspire our card.

I remember 48 years ago when I was in grade 9 going to school one day ... it was July 21st for us as it was my sister's birthday. As soon as we got to school we were told to go home as something exciting had happened .... man had finally walked on the moon. So off we went home to watch this exciting event on tv. 



This is actually my third space themed card I have created for a CCEE challenge this year (one didn't have to be space but it was what I ended up creating) .... so I decided I needed a new stamp set to play with this time! I have used MFT Stamps Space Explorers stamp set as well as my trusty There She Goes Out of this World Stamp set.

For the background of my card I have again used the galaxy technique to create my starry sky.



For the inside of my card I have used the pivot arm from Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up die set on either side of the fold so that two of my space explorers can pop up on the card. I love that I can include two pop ups instead of the normal one.



Here is a quick video to see my card in action!



Here is a close up of my card so you can see the pop up panel a little better.


And finally one more close up again to help you see the pop up panel on the card.


Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi



Stamps: Space Explorers - MFT Stamps; Out Of This World - There She Goes Clear Stamps
Paper: White
Dies: Katherine Label Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Picked Raspberry Distress Ink;  Mustard Seed Distress Ink; Broken China Distress Ink;  Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink; Picket Fence Distress Paint; White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ECD July Designer Challenge


Hi everyone,

It's time for our July ECD Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designed created for the challenge.


Technique Friday with Els Inspiration - Every Friday Els inspires us with a new Technique Friday video to share all the wonderful ways to use ECD products. Take your inspiration to create your card for our challenge using one of these techniques. You can find a list of all the Technique Friday with Els videos here … Technique Friday with Els.



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For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners. 


To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us " "What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". 

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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I took my inspiration from one of Els' videos from earlier in the year Sparkling Lovebirds Birthday Cards. I wanted to make my card a little masculine so it could be given to a male for a birthday so decided to go with Faded Jeans and Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitters rather than the Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter that Els used in her video.

Here is how I created my card - 
Step 1 -
  • Using the ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff die set, die cut one large and two small flowers using the protective back from a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive to create masks.
  • Using the third largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set die cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • Remove the protective backing from the rectangle panel and place the dandelion masks we created earlier onto the adhesive. Make sure these masks are secured well to the adhesive so glitter does not get underneath.
  • Cover the exposed adhesive with Faded Jeans Silk Microfine Glitter. Brush off excess glitter and return to the jar and polish the glitter into the adhesive using your finger.
  • Remove the dandelion masks from the adhesive carefully (so you can use them another time) and cover the remaining exposed adhesive with Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitter. Return excess to the jar and polish glitter with your finger.
  • Layer panel onto a Dotted Scallop Rectangle.
Step 2 -
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pack so it measures 5 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
  • Layered to a black fold card which measures 6 inches x 5 3/4 inches when folded.
  • Adhere glittered Dandelion Panel to the top portion of the card.
Step 3 -
  • Die cut two fishtail banners using the ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banners die set, Cut so they are both approximately 2 inches long from the point to end of banner. Adhere each banner to either side of bottom section of card.
  • Add Nuvo Drops to each banner.
Step 4 - 
  • Add the sentiment "Thinking of You" from the General Sentiments Clear Stamp set to the card so it is centred between the banners.

Step 5 Inside of Card - 
  • Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches and adhere to inside of card.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the same pack as the front so it is 5 3/4 inches x 1 3/4 inches. 
  • Cut a thin strip of black cardstock and adhere under the patterned paper to create a border.
  • Adhere to bottom of inside panel.
  • Stamp sentiments from the General Sentiments Clear Stamp set.


I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.



Stamps: General Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Black; ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pack - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dies: Stitched Rectangles; Dotted Scallop Rectangles; ModaScrap Dandelion Fluff; ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banners - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 6mm; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 101mm; Faded Jeans Silk Microfine Glitter; Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitter
Other: Black Ink; Neptune Turquoise Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Flower Pot


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a pop up card using Karen Burniston's new Flower Pot Pop-Up die set. This is  similar to the die set that Karen released last year through Elizabeth Craft Designs, however that one is no longer available ... this one contains different flowers, a vine and bee.


I filled my flower pot with flowers taking the colors from the designer paper I used. I also added a sentiment from the Concord & 9th Flower Turnabout stamp set using the labels from the Katherine Label Pop-Up die set.


Here is a close up of the flower pot and the flowers.


As the focus of this card is the inside and that is what people would display, I kept the front of the card fairly simple by just adding a sentiment and a couple of flowers.









Stamps: Flower Turnabout - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Pink; Dark Pink; Blue; Green; Light Brown; Brown; Mildred "Girls" Garden Paper - My Minds Eye; Fields of Flowers DP - Graphic 45
Dies: Flower Pot Pop Up; Katherine Label Pop Up - Karen Burniston; Fitted Fishtails - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Dark Walnut Gloss Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Birthday Bear


Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a "beary" nice day! Today I am sharing a card I created using Paper Smooches Bear/Frog die set which I discovered recently and just had to have these are fun to use to create cards and also fun to die cut and let kids create animals of their choice. I recently had my grandson over for the day and we had fun making bears and frogs for him.

At the top of the card I added one of the speech bubbles from Elizabeth Craft Designs Speech Bubble Edgy Options die set for the sentiment.


For the inside of the card I decided to use the negative piece left over from when I die cut the speech bubble edge for the front of the card so that the white panel looks like a speech bubble. I also added another "beary" birthday sentiment.


Stamps: Beary Special Birthday - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Tan; Brown; Pink; Black; Blue; Birthday Wishes Paper Pad - Echo Park
Dies: Bear/Frog Card - Paper Smooches; Speech Bubble Edgy Options -  Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Foam Tape


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slide Me


Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing another animation card I created recently. This one uses the Uchi's Design Happy Birthday Animation Stamp set. I wanted to see how this would work using  the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die set to create the pocket/slider part of the card. 

The Magic Color Slider does work well with the animation stamps, however I am not 100% happy with it on this particular card. Firstly when I die cut the patterned paper to go over the window I cut it so that the slider part had to be on the left hand side of the card rather than the right. The balloons would have been upside down if I tried to turn it around and I didn't want to waste paper for another one. I made another one similar to this with my grandson after making this one (without the patterned paper on the front) and as the slider was on the right for that one it worked a lot better. This one would probably work better for someone who is left handed.


I so love these animation stamps ... as you can see by the two photos above .... when you first look at the card you see a birthday present and then by moving the slider slightly it changes to the Happy Birthday sentiment .... when my grandson saw this sitting on my desk when he was over he said it was the best card he had ever seen .... see I might not love this particular card but he did :)

Of course he had to make one too ... which we did using one of the owls from the Owl Animation Stamp set and he had to decorate it just like mine hehe!

I added a cute bear stamped image to the lower right hand corner of the slider pocket.


For the inside of my card I added another of the bears from the stamp set and also an "bear" sentiment.


Stamps: Happy Birthday Animation Stamps  - Uchi's Design; Beary Special Birthday - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Blue; Birthday DP - DCWV
Dies: Magic Color Slider - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; Animation Grid; Foam Tape; Copics


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Love and Flowers


Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Maryann Einam our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for a sketch challenge.





For my card this week I used the Concord & 9th Flower Turnabout stamp set. I am so loving these turnabout stamps which allow you to easily create a multi colored background by using the MISTI. 



For the inside of the card I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up die set, this time turning the card on it's side for something different. I had to fiddle to see where best to place the pivot arm but I think it was worth the trouble.

I also added some panels created by the Concord & 9th Flower Turnabout stamp set ago.


Here is another photo of my card taken at a different angle so you can see the pop up part of the card a little better.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: Flower Turnabout - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Dark Pink; Green; Yellow; Lavender
Dies: Katherine Label Pop Up - Karen Burniston; Tall Rectangles; Tall Scallop Rectangles - Spellbinders; ModaScrap Stitched Fishtail Banners - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; MISTI;  Neptune Turquoise Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape
Fawn Lawn Inks: Carrot; Sunflower; Fresh Lavender; Sugarplum; Celery Stick; Wild Rose; Lobster; Mermaid; Peacock


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Beep Boop Happy Birthday


Hi everyone,

Today I have another Magic Color Slider Card using the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider Card die set.


These are so much fun to create ... this one may be  little busy, but I am sure whoever gets it will love it anyway.

I stamped the robot and present from the Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday stamp set onto the acetate using Stazon ink. 


When you pull the tab, it starts to reveal the "magic" the color appears.


On the outside of the card I added the tiny cogs & keys from the stamp set to the slider window using VersaMark ink. I also added some die cut cogs to the lower right hand side of the card.



And finally the whole colorful scene is revealed. As you can see a balloon and sentiment also magically appeared when I pulled the tab up.


For the inside of my card I layered the white cardstock onto orange cardstock which had been die cut using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Postage Stamp Rectangles ... I think this looks a little like cogs.

I added a piece of the designer paper I used on the front of the card to the bottom of the panel and also added the other robot and sentiments from the stamp set.


Stamps: Beep Boop Birthday; Push Here - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White; Dark Blue; Light Blue; Orange; Green; Yellow; On the Go DP - BoBunny
Dies: Magic Color Slider - Lawn Fawn;  Stitched Rectangles; Fitted Rectangles; Postage Stamp Rectangles; Pop It Ups Clock & Gears; Pop it Ups Steampunk Charms - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Stazon Ink;  VersaMark Ink; Acetate; Midnight Blue Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Happy Birthday to You!


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Maryann Einam our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

According to the days of the year calendar, today is International Rock Day! So for our challenge this week Maryann has asked us to use the colors of stone (greys, browns, black, white end) on our cards.

When I was looking for patterned papers for another project I needed to create, I came across some papers that were the colors of stone, so I decided to pull them out just in case they would work for what I wanted to do for this challenge (which at that point I had no idea what that would be).

I went to sit at my desk to start on the other project and I see an elephant stamp set and those papers sitting there! Elephants are grey ... and I had grey polka dotted paper in the pile so I knew what I would be doing!



To create my card I used Karen Burniston's new Charm Accordion die set ... this can be used by die cutting once or multiple times. I decided to die cut it twice and join using the hinges supplied in the set.

To decorate my card I used the MFT Stamps Adorable Elephants stamp set. When my sister sees this card on Facebook, she will think it is for her birthday as that is coming up in a few days time and she loves elephants ... but I have other plans for her birthday card haha!



Along the bottom of the card I used the Word Sentiments 2 - Birthday die set from Karen Burniston's new collection to say "Happy Happy Birthday to you!"

I used the heart charms that come in the Charm Accordion die set, which I glittered to hand in the small squares.



Here is a look at the front of the card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.



Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi



Stamps: Adorable Elephants - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Pink; Grey; Silver; DP - My Memories
Dies: Charm Accordion; Word Set 2 Birthday - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sumer Road Trip


Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Paper Pros challenge for July. This time round our challenge is hosted by Sandy Diller.

Sandy has given us the theme ..... Summer Road Trip.


As you can see I have created a Twist Panel Pop Up Card using the Karen Burniston's new Twist Panel Pop Up die set. One reason you might be doing a summer road trip is to go camping, I know my daughter and son in law love to do that when they can, so I will probably use this card for his birthday card which is coming up next month.

To decorate my card I used a combination of stamp and die sets from MFT Stamps. The scene on the inside of my card shows that they have arrived at the camping destination. 


On the front of my card I created my "Summer Road Trip" Scene using a caravan die from MFT Stamps. I also used the Natures Edges from Karen Burniston to create the hills. I adhered the caravan to the left hand side of the card so it looks like the car is pulling the caravan as it is driving along the road.


Here is a look at my card as it is closing .... you can see that the accordion panel is changing direction to what it was when the card was opened.


And finally my card when it is closed. My card is a little thick when closed because I like to use foam tape on some of the elements of the accordion panel on the inside of the card ... as it will be hand delivered this doesn't matter. However if you don't want a thick card eliminate the foam tape. 

You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:


Stamps: Roughing It; LLD Delicious Birthday -MFT Stamps;
Paper: White; Green; Brown; Grey; Yellow; Green DP - Karen Foster; Nature Walk DP - Pebbles Inc.
Dies: Twist Panel Pop-Up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Roughing It; Happy Camper;  Hit the Road; Joy Ride - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Forest Moss Distress Ink; Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink; Earth & Sky Stencil - ECD; Bright Gold Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

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